Eating Disorders in the News
As I sit on the couch eating my morning bowl of Greek yogurt, oats, Sunbutter, and honey, my ears always perk up whenever I hear the mention of the next eating disorder story coming up on the Today show. Over the last 2 weeks, the news show has featured 2 interesting stories about eating disorders- one concentrating on eating disorders in adulthood and the other about life after an eating disorder.
I find these stories fascinating. First, I’m always happy when eating disorders get some attention from the media. I think it’s so important to talk about this very scary and very stigmatized disease. I also like to hear about the latest research and books about the disorder, which the life after an eating disorder story covers. Although I have not read Gaining: The Truth About Life After Eating Disorders yet, it supposedly tells the story of 40 interview subjects who have or have experienced an eating disorder. Aimee Liu, the author, also examines certain personality traits shared by these women.
Even in my recovery, I find it very beneficial to continue to learn about eating disorders and in particular, anorexia nervosa. While some people find it triggering to read books and stories about the disorder, I find it cathartic. I’m of the belief that the more I learn the more I can stay educated and, consequently, remain healthy.
If you’re in recovery, do you agree or do you try to avoid the subject? If you have not experienced an eating disorder, are you still interested in the subject?